38 and 39-year-olds invited to book for jab

NHS England said Pregnant women will be directed to centres offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines…reports Asian Lite News.

The National Health Service has invited 38 and 39-year-olds in England to book an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine.

According to BBC, around a million text messages are being sent to the age groups in England.  Booking will open from 07:00 on Thursday on the NHS website.

NHS England said Pregnant women will be directed to centres offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Nearly three-quarters of people in their 40s have had one dose, while a third of all adults have had two doses.

In line with guidance from the UK’s vaccines committee last week, NHS England said people 39 and under without an underlying health condition would be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as an alternative to AstraZeneca, it was reported.

The decision came after a review found younger people had a slightly higher risk of an extremely rare blood clot after receiving a first dose of the AZ vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said adults aged 18-39 could be offered an alternative “if available, and if it does not cause delays in having the vaccine”.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson had confirmed that the coronavirus lockdown in England will be further lifted from May 17.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be permitted to open indoors from May 17.

In addition, indoor entertainment will also resume, including cinemas, museums and children’s play areas.

Theatres, concert halls, conference centers and sports stadiums can all reopen, with larger events in these settings being able to resume with capacity limits.

All remaining accommodation including hotels, hostels and B&Bs can also reopen, according to Johnson.

Meanwhile, people in England will be allowed to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people, and meet indoors in groups of up to six or as two households.

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